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Demetris Tyrologos of Scherzo Cafe is not a slave master in the American South of the early 19th centuryDemetris Tyrologos of Scherzo Cafe is not a slave master in the American South of the early 19th centuryDemetris Tyrologos of Scherzo Cafe is not a slave master in the American South of the early 19th centuryDemetris Tyrologos of Scherzo Cafe is not a slave master in the American South of the early 19th centuryDemetris Tyrologos of Scherzo Cafe is not a slave master in the American South of the early 19th centuryDemetris Tyrologos of Scherzo Cafe is not a slave master in the American South of the early 19th centuryDemetris Tyrologos of Scherzo Cafe is not a slave master in the American South of the early 19th century
On Saturday the 22nd of February the Union of Servers and Cooks (generally employees in the retail served food & beverage handling business) called a gathering with collaborating 1st degree horizontally organized unions, worker collectivities, and surrounding area assemblies/squats/social centers, about an attack on a union member employee at a bar/cafe called “Scherzo” in Marousi (a wealthy middle class suburb in the North part of Athens). The gathering  was initially called at the nearby metro station and once a significant number of people would gather they would all move outside the cafe. The calling was all internal for the members of the collectivities invited.  This would present little preparation for the owner and police to block the effectiveness of the demonstration.

The reason for this demonstration was that a long term employee who also happens to be an immigrant from Pakistan, has never been officially hired, is uninsured and his wage is only a fraction of the minimum legal wage. But this was not an issue of dispute between the boss (a young rich guy who is also an amateur, or should we say immature, boxer). The employee has been working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, doing everything the boss has been asking him to do.  He has even been asked to clean the bosses’ home, do the laundry, etc. For all this slave labor the man was getting paid 300euro a month, that is 10Euro a day, and less than 1 euro an hour, when the legal minimum is about 50% more and that is for 40hrs a week with overtime being paid at 50% over normal hourly rate. This has been a theoretical pay in the past couple of years when the IMF, EEC, and troika have severely pressured wages and working conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

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